“We want to legalise the market by allowing them to produce weaponry, in particular hunting rifles for the US, under licence,” Shahzad Arbab, a senior administrator, said. “We also intend to enforce a system in which weapons can be sold only to licence-holders and sellers log every sale to ensure that arms manufactured in Dara Adam Khel do not make their way to gangsters and terrorists. “
Mohammed Hafiz sat in a workshop decorated with posters calling Muslims to embark on Jihad, making cartridge cases for Rs1000 pistols. “Why would I work in the government factory for Rs2500 a month when here I earn Rs4000,” he said. The new initiative is also meeting stiff resistance from Dara and local tribal leaders.
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